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Marcos Alonso's ban gives Chelsea's Antonio Conte selection headache

English Premier League: Marcos Alonso (45'+3) Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
Chelsea battled past a plucky Southampton side thanks to Marcos Alonso's first-half free kick.

LONDON -- Antonio Conte admitted that Marcos Alonso's suspension has given him a selection problem at wing-back ahead of Chelsea's quarterfinal clash with Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Alonso picked up his fifth yellow card of the season after scoring the only goal in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, meaning he is banned for the Blues' next domestic game in a crowded festive fixture schedule.

That match is Chelsea's cup encounter with Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge and,...

 By Phil Lythell

Alonso's delightful free-kick goal seals Chelsea victory over Southampton

Chelsea inched past Southampton 1-0 in an entertaining Premier League contest at a rainy Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The first half was a vibrant affair with both teams looking to get forward. Chelsea enjoyed the lion's share of the chances with N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Pedro all forcing Fraser Forster into sharp saves.

Chelsea had a couple of alarms to deal with themselves and had Gary Cahill to thank after he cleared away a dangerous cross from under his own crossbar. The Blues eventually...

Marcos Alonso free kick enough for Chelsea to edge past Southampton

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Time was on Chelsea's side as Marcos Alonso's free-kick earned a 1-0 Premier League win over Southampton.

Antonio Conte says time is running out in the title pursuit, even if Manchester City slip up, and said the clear leaders had been lucky with late goals. But the Blues benefited at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as more than the advertised minimum two minutes of first-half stoppage time had elapsed when Alonso curled in.

Conte, sent off against Swansea and fined £8,000 for misconduct, had...